Why I chose to Breastfeed a Minimum of 2 years

From the Breastfeeding Policy Statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Feb. 2005 revision:

“Human milk is species-specific, and all substitute feeding preparations differ markedly from it, making human milk uniquely superior for infant feeding. Exclusive breastfeeding is the reference or normative model against which all alternative feeding methods must be measured with regard to growth, health, development, and all other short- and long-term outcomes. In addition, human milk-fed premature infants receive significant benefits with respect to host protection and improved developmental outcomes compared with formula-fed premature infants… Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life and provides continuing protection against diarrhea and respiratory tract infection. Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.”

Breastfeeding is THE BEST.

It means comfort.

It helps to protect against illness.

It is an invaluable parenting tool.

All babies NEED to breastfeed. All mothers deserve the education, assistance, and support needed to initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

There are a lot of amazing, information-packed websites available to help with whatever breastfeeding issue you might encounter. There is nearly nothing you might encounter while breastfeeding which can’t be worked through without having to wean. These breastfeeding websites are my favorites I have collected in over two years of breastfeeding.

General Information

Kellymom.com – Excellent, well-researched site for breastfeeding issues and attachment parenting created and maintained by an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Use the Search feature to find info on ANYTHING about breastfeeding.

La Leche League – Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and information. Find a local FREE meeting and/or the phone number of a LLL Leader near you for a free phone consultation. Many archived articles, and new forums where you can post questions and connect with other breastfeeding mothers.

Common Sense Breastfeeding – this page from another lactation consultant (IBCLC) has a lot of great general info links all on one page.

Breastfeeding Matters – The most extensive collection of BF links I’ve found on the web. Click on “Websites and Informative Links”.

Troubleshooting: Positioning and Latch

BF.com video archive – if you can’t get in-person help (please try to do so first!) then these videos may be helpful for correct latching techniques, good positioning, hunger cues and more.Latch videos – these GREAT videos from Dr. Jack Newman are fabulous. His articles are also superb.

Latch video – from The Pump Station, these are more great videos.

Kellymom’s latch resources

Troubleshooting: Plugged Ducts and Mastitis

Kellymom outlines the difference between and treatments of plugged ducts and mastitis. There’s even a printable pdf for quick reference.

La Leche League info on plugged ducts

Dr. Sears’ info

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